They say you shouldn’t make major life decisions for at least six months after a traumatic event. Yet there we were at an open house in Los Gatos, considering buying a new home just one month after a fire swept through the Santa Cruz Mountains and burned our house to the ground.
Knowing her husband was going to die did not make losing him any easier. The moment Dick’s battle with cancer finally ended, Shirley came face to face with the stark reality that her best friend and husband were gone forever. When I met Shirley she was overwhelmed and decidedly underprepared to manage all of the details for which she was now solely responsible.
After owning a duplex in Cupertino for over 30 years, Anna had achieved what every investor aims for: steady income from an investment property that she owned free and clear. But Anna had moved to Sonoma County and was ready to retire, and her retirement plan didn’t include being a landlord in Cupertino.